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Company Name : Bryant University
Company Location : 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917
Job Position : Assistant Vice President, Development
Job Category : Jobs in Rhode Island

Job Description :

Full Time / Part Time Full Time Job Type Staff Reports To Vice President University Advancement Position Summary

This position is accountable for providing leadership and management of the fundraising program at Bryant including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and corporate and foundation giving. Bryant University has recently announced its
Vision 2030 strategic plan which sets a trajectory for the next decade through academic excellence, outstanding student life, competitive athletics and student outcomes among the nation’s top 1% for ROI. The AVP for Development will play a critical role in developing strategy and implementing fundraising programs to achieve the goals set out in the Vision 2030 strategic plan.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Create, implement and be responsible for the annual development plan, strategy, and operating budget. Evaluate and analyze current fundraising programs using established attributes and metrics to produce accurate reports, to continually develop programs and activities to meet University fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Develop, implement, and continually evaluate strategy for principal and major gift solicitation in order to generate revenue and meet fundraising goals.
  • Provide effective leadership and management of development staff to continue building a major gift culture within the Development Office and University by mentoring staff in identifying and executing effective engagement and cultivation strategies. Work closely with the President, Cabinet members, select trustees, volunteers, constituent engagement councils, Campus constituents, and ad hoc committees in support of fundraising objectives.
  • Provide oversight for Annual Fund programs, ensuring that personal solicitation, telefund, and direct mail components are successfully supporting institutional fundraising goals.
  • Develop, implement and continually evaluate strategy for Corporate and Foundation Relations solicitations in order to generate revenue and meet fundraising goals.
  • Assist the Vice President in building and sustaining the fundraising capabilities of the Board of Trustees as well as with Board development activities.
  • Work collaboratively with the other departments within University Advancement (Alumni, Communications & Stewardship and Advancement Services) to ensure supportive relationships that impact fundraising initiatives.
  • Assume direct responsibility for cultivation and solicitation of a select portfolio of principal gift prospects.
  • Effectively recruit, evaluate, motivate and encourage professional development of employees, ensuring that all hiring and supervisory practices are in compliance with the spirit and intent of the University’s policy on diversity and EEO/AA guidelines.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have senior level experience in fundraising and campaigning, preferably in a higher education environment, with a strong knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and the corporate and foundation arena. Strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills are imperative. Ability to think strategically and the ability to effectively prioritize and execute multiple projects are required to successfully meet project timelines. Supervisory experience and leadership skills are important to effectively plan, oversee and evaluate the work of assigned staff. An undergraduate degree is required.

Working Environment

Bryant University recognizes that its position as a leader in higher education is greatly determined both by the diversity of its campus community and its intellectual endeavors. Its commitment to link academic and social diversity for the benefit of the learning and living environment reflects its belief that excellence and diversity are mutually reinforcing objectives. We are committed to building an equitable and inclusive campus community, one that values individual difference and fosters greater understanding of the many facets of diversity and other distinctive characteristics that make us different. We encourage applications from candidates with an appreciation for and understanding of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Learn more about our ongoing commitment to building a community of inclusive excellence.

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Work Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 4:30. Position will also have non-traditional

hours in support of travel and cultivation events.

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

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